Thursday, November 27, 2008

“Take Me Back”, too!

Thabiti Anyabwile was going back down memory lane and posted this YouTube video of the late COGIC Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson singing Andraé Crouch’s “Take Me Back”. That song brought back memories for me, also. This Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for the Lord who has brought me such a long way. I’m thankful for the human instruments through whom the gospel came to me. I’m grateful for my great-grandparents and great-great aunt who never let me forget that I had to meet the Lord for myself. “Ye must be born again,” was a message I heard frequently from them. Thankfully, by God’s grace, I eventually came to know what they were talking about.

Take me back, take me back, dear Lord,
To the place where I first received You;
Take me back, take me back, dear Lord,
Where I first believed.

I’m also reminded of these solemn words from the Lord Jesus (Revelation 2:1-7):

1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’”

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